The Latest on the Sept. 17 bombings in New York and New Jersey, the investigation and the case against a New Jersey man (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A New Jersey imam spoke against violence and in support of law enforcement during the first Friday prayer service since a local man was charged in the New Jersey and New York bombings.

Imam Syed Fakhruddin Alvi urged the more than 100 men gathered at the Muslim Community Center of Union County to unite and be vigilant in leading their families and children away from evil.

Mosque members say the father of suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami is an active member of the mosque and frequently prays there, including this week.

Rahami was injured by police after a shootout in Linden hours after he was named the suspect in Saturday's bombings. He is recovering in a hospital.

Leaders called Rahami misguided and say people who follow extremist teachings are criminals.



A federal judge has denied a public defender's request that the man charged in bombings in the New York City-region be appointed a lawyer. Prosecutors say Ahmad Khan Rahami has not officially been arrested yet by federal authorities.

Magistrate Judge Mark Falk on Friday ruled against New Jersey public defender Richard Coughlin's request.

Federal prosecutors opposed the request and say Rahami has been incapacitated at the hospital. Coughlin says he has no reason to doubt that.

Rahami faces federal charges for the bombs that exploded in New York City and a New Jersey seaside community and state charges after a shootout with police in New Jersey.

Rahami was shot multiple times in a shootout in Linden on Monday. Two officers were treated for minor injuries.


3 a.m.

The father of the man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey says he informed the FBI in 2014 about his son's apparent radicalization.

Speaking to The Associated Press early Friday in a telephone interview, Mohammad Rahami, father of alleged bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami, said his son underwent a personality change after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013. Speaking in Urdu, Mohammed Rahami said his son's mind was not that same. He said his son had become "bad," and that he didn't know what caused it, but he informed the FBI about it.

The elder Rahami said he doesn't think the FBI took any action against his son at the time. He condemned the bombings and said he and his family were in a state of shock


Ahmed reported from Islamabad